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Prevent pelvic pain with pre-pregnancy exercise: study


Jane Kirby Women who want to stave off aches and pains in pregnancy should exercise regularly before they conceive, experts say.

Why I'm choosing to be a single mother right from the start


Kelly Barlow I believe that you get out of families what you put into them, and I will give mine my all.

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Dad-to-be's heartwarming reaction to pregnancy news

doug price

When Doug Price's wife found out she was pregnant, she was determined to get her husband's reaction to the exciting news on camera.

Trying to Conceive more articles

Why tweaking your pregnancy test isn't a great idea


JO HARTLEY I have been known to do tests early, and even multiple tests in one day, so I can relate to how tempting it could be.

Why pregnancy tests can show the wrong result


Brooke Tasovac Sometimes even modern pregnancy tests can get it wrong, giving false negative or positive results.

The myths and truths of gender swaying

Can you really influence your baby's gender at conception?

Brooke Tasovac Here are a few popular methods hopeful parents-to-be use to try to get a baby of their preferred gender – and what an expert says about whether they really work.

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Fertility more articles

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Kate Walsh in Grey's Anatomy.

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The baby whose father is his unborn uncle


LETITIA ROWLANDS A US man has learnt that his unborn twin brother is actually the biological father of his own baby son.

How a cancer survivor became a mum of two in two weeks

Elizabeth Edsall Kromm and her husband Jon with their daughters Amelia 'Millie' (left), and Caroline 'Linny'.

Janene Holzberg "We were both joyous, but also a little freaked out. It seemed so incredibly random. We were beyond dumbfounded."

IVF more articles

The contest that takes advantage of desperate couples


KERRI SACKVILLE who would use the pain of infertility as an advertising tool? Who would take the personal tragedies of infertile couples to promote their own business?

'We need sperm!': Couple's unusual Facebook plea

Ashleigh Habgood and Alley Williams say they are in the best place to have a baby of their own.

Nicole Lawton Two women have turned to social media to find the perfect DNA for their future baby.

New IVF test to choose best quality embryos


Staff writers and wires A new test promises to improve IVF success rates by helping determine which embryos are most likely to lead to the birth of a baby following implantation.

Alternative Fertility Treatments more articles

The parasite that could boost fertility

The new findings can lead to new types of treatments for women having trouble getting pregnant in the future.

Ariana Eunjung Cha The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family considers suing cousin over secrecy about genetic condition

Fragile X is often undiagnosed.

JULIA MEDEW A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Sperm bank children just as happy, study finds

Sperm donor conception does not jeopardise a child's happiness, researchers say.

Sarah Knapton The children of single mothers who used sperm donors to conceive do not suffer from the lack of a father, Cambridge University has claimed.

Adoption more articles

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett attends the 8th Annual Museum Of Modern Art Film Benefit in New York this month.

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Australians get green light to adopt from two more countries

The Turnbull government has moved to allow Australians to adopt children from Poland and Latvia.

JUDITH IRELAND Australians will be able to adopt children from Poland and Latvia under changes to overseas adoption announced by the Turnbull government. 

The little girl who needs a home by Christmas

'A very special little girl': Grace, 3.

Staff writers It's that time of year when children start contemplating what they would like for Christmas.


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Mum's desperate plea as whooping cough alert issued

A desperate mother has shared a heart-breaking video of her baby struggling to cope with a coughing fit caused by pertussis.

After three years, Ranjini is free at last

Ranjini, the Sri Lankan mother of three who has spent more than three years in detention after being deemed a national security threat by ASIO, has been freed.

Pregnant woman 'safe and sound' thanks to Bataclan concert hall hero

A pregnant woman who clung for life from a second-storey windowsill during the Paris terror attacks is reportedly "safe and sound".

Why are due dates important?

From the moment you discover you are pregnant you look forward to your baby's arrival.


Welcome Christmas with your family with the Essential Baby Christmas section with lots of gift guides, activities and tips for a happy holiday.

The contest that takes advantage of desperate couples

who would use the pain of infertility as an advertising tool? Who would take the personal tragedies of infertile couples to promote their own business?

Win ABC Shop prize pack for Christmas

What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.

Hero dad lost his life protecting hundreds of others

He was an innocent man caught in the middle of a murderous attack on his city. But instead of running the other way, Adel Termos made a heroic decision that saved the lives of many others but cost him his own.

Text service aims to fill the void for new fathers

A new text service for fathers aims to guide men through the life changing experience of having a child.

How to grow your own groceries

Follow these 31 tips to save money and enjoy time in the garden in the kitchen.

5 great things about having a baby

Having a baby is exhausting, hard work. It's also one of the greatest joys of your life.

Sick baby could die without scarce special formula, mum says

Lizzie Cann is down to her last three tins of a special formula in short supply.

Women sue over birth control pills

More than 100 women who became pregnant after taking birth control pills have filed suit in the US.

'Their footprints are never too small to leave an imprint on this world'

When she took the pregnancy test and two lines showed up, we were both ecstatic. We couldn't wait to meet our baby.

Squeaky shoes foil adorable toddler

We're probably all familiar with the pouty bottom lip and tightly crossed arms of a tot mid-strop.

Best bands to get families dancing

I'm not talking music made especially for kids here. I'm talking music from my childhood and it's the kind to really get down to (or not).

What are pregnant women Googling?

Pregnancy is a huge change for any woman, so it's natural we'll have questions - and turn to Google to ask them.

'I want him to forgive me'

As the mother of a baby born in detention, this asylum seeker feels guilt for bringing a new life into an uncertain world of incarceration.

The unethical claims helping drive demand for formula in China

Chinese parents are being led to believe formula will enhance their child's brain development, sparking a huge demand and impacting Australian stock.

Coffee could help you live longer

New US research found people who report drinking three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson's disease.

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Win one of two ABC Shop prize packs in time for Christmas

What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.

Beautiful 'now and then' images of premature babies

They are stunning photos that the parents of these beautiful no doubt feared they may never see.

Physios warn pregnant women not to crunch like Michelle Bridges

Experts are urging pregnant women not to do exactly as Michelle Bridges does when exercising, or they risk developing rectus abdominus diastasis.

Penny-pinching supermarket shoppers switching in droves

Half of Australia thinks it can get cheaper groceries by switching supermarkets, and about one in four of us have already switched.

Baby breastfed by wrong mother after hospital mix up

A newborn baby has been breastfed by a stranger after a NSW hospital bungled the identities of two newborns, devastating one mother and potentially exposing the newborn to health risks.

Nurses invent skin to skin c-section drape

The determination of three US nurses to provide immediate skin to skin contact to mothers delivering their babies by caesarean section has led to the invention of a unique surgical drape.

Baby's first photo shoot features a special guest

You can always be sure of a few things not entirely going to plan during a newborn shoot – little accidents are almost par for the course – but this shoot was memorable for a whole other reason.

We are not the family you think we are, I promise

Kids have a way of presenting a completely inaccurate impression of you, as parents, and as a family.

The hidden harm of foetal alcohol syndrome disorder

Experts believe many children diagnosed with ADHD might actually have FASD and that the number of people suffering from the condition across the country could be as high as 500,000.

Anaesthetist facing charges after ignoring woman's pain during caesarean

An anaesthetist could be punished after telling a woman enduring an "excruciating" painful C-section that she was not actually in pain.


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